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Opinion: Genomic Testing Is A Must When Purchasing A Bull

  Genomics can help take the guesswork out of bull selection.

“You would be crazy not to test!” says University of Missouri Extension geneticist Jared Decker, who opines on his blog that genomic selection and genomic-enhanced EPDs provide the same amount of information as 10-20 progeny.

“The buyers of these six-figure bulls could have collected much more data and significantly reduced their risk of making a poor purchasing decision,” he writes. “They could have demanded that the bull be tested with a genomic panel prior to the purchase. If the seller is getting six figures for a bull, I'm sure he can scrape up $85 for a genomic test.

“When we purchase a bull, we are making a decision that will affect our herds for years to come. By purchasing bulls with genomic-enhanced EPDs, buyers are getting a clearer picture of what they are actually purchasing. In my opinion, you would be crazy not to test!”

To read more about genomic-enhanced EPDs, click here.


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